The Berliner Grundtheater e.V. (BGT) was founded in Berlin in 1991 and is dedicated to producing a wide range of English-language plays, while integrating players of different nationalities. In addition to playing many seasons in Berlin, the company has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Anglo-German Festivals in Germany, and is now based permanently in Luxembourg.
The BGT repertoire includes shows by authors as varied as Peter Shaffer, Anthony Minghella, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare. The company also produces original scripts, such as adaptations of JANE EYRE (2010), LITTLE WOMEN (2014) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL 016) and in January 2020 it premiered June Lowery's CHARLES DICKENS, THE BEST OF MEN; THE WORST OF MEN. The company is especially committed to promoting theatre for female actors and writers who are under-represented in the theatre and performance world. Shows like WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (2019), PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (2018) and DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH (2020) all featured women-only casts as part of the company's policy to put women centre stage.
THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE, performed by Lina Peller in June 2021 at Neimënster, was the third show in this programme. Following the success of this production, the BGT is delighted to announce three further performances at the start of October 2021. Details can be found below.
Following this, WE HAPPY FEW by British actress Imogen Stubbs continues in this theme. A light-hearted play for mainly women actors, it follows the adventures of the "Artemis Players", an all-woman theatre company which toured Britain during the second-world war, bringing Shakespeare and other classic writers to the furthest parts of the clountry. The production will run from 1st-4th December 2021 at Neimënster, Centre Culturel Abbaye de Neumünster, Luxembourg.
Combined with its policy of promoting plays by and about women, in recent years the company has also focused on promoting young performers and traineee or aspiring actors who are hoping to work in theatre. It is a co-sponsor of FEST (The FESTIVAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL THEATRE) which takes place every second year in Luxembourg (https://www.fest.lu/) and in 2019 started a summer programme giving trainee actors a contract to work on a show.
Read the "culture.lu" article on "The Road to Huntsville" and the role of women in theatre
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Tickets: €20.00 / Students €12.00 Reservations: www.neimenster.lu or 00352 26 20 52 444
Written in 2004 by the actress Imogen Stubbs, this heart-warming play tells the story of the “Artemis Players”, an all-woman theatre company which challenged the male-dominated world of the 1940s to bring theatre to the furthest-flung parts of Britain. Led by the undaunted Hetty Oaks, this unlikely woman-only company - comprising amateur enthusiasts, a former star of the stage, a recent graduate of Central Drama school, an American maid and a tomboy more at home mending cars! - toured the length and breadth of the country performing the works of Shakespeare and other classics of the English stage. Swinging from hilarious chaos to heart breaking sadness, the play traces their story through its ups and downs, its successes and failures, its laughs and its tears. Based on the real, but now largely-forgotten, "Osiris Players" the play is a celebration of both the indefatigable energy of these single-minded women and of the joys, frustrations and general madness of a life in theatre.
June Lowery, Lindsay Wegleitner, Helena O'Hare, RachelKathryn Lloyd,
Jessica Whiteley, Kim Birel, Gina Millington,
Bjørn Clasen, Alessandro Stasi, Elke Murdock,
Catriona Gillham & Clara Salgueiro-O'Hare
Pianist: Yulia Valentin
Musical Director: Catriona Gillham Director: Tony Kingston
Stage Manager: Manou Gonçalves
REVIEWS OF OUR LAST SHOW - "THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE"